Is your home abnormally dusty? Do you find yourself avoiding uncomfortable rooms in your house, where the A/C or heater just doesn’t seem to work? One of these telling signs could mean you have a leak in the ductwork of your air conditioning and heating (HVAC) system.
Leaks in your ductwork may not be at the top of your home maintenance agenda, but if you find yourself roiled in home thermostat wars or enduring poor indoor air quality, it’s a good time to consider this lesser-known, yet crucial component of energy management.
Leaking ducts can lead to health and safety problems, but often the issue is more subtle than asthma attacks and house fires. Declining efficiency can go unnoticed for long periods, lulling property owners into a fall sense of security. You don’t want to wait till things are really bad; that’s why experts recommend having your ductwork system checked for leaks about once annually.
When the toilet springs a leak, it’s hard not to notice, but punctured ducts can be out of sight and out of mind for years, costing homeowners a lot of money in wasted energy that can never be recaptured.
When it comes to your HVAC system, duct performance and efficiency are key to balanced temperature regulation at cost-effective rates. What’s the big deal? The Department of Energy says the average duct system wastes 25 to 40 percent of a building’s energy by the time it’s due for servicing.
In other words, that’s money streaming out of those holes and tears. Most won’t be able to achieve 100 percent efficiency in their HVAC systems, researchers say. But with proper sealing, you should be able to knock waste down to under 5 percent.
While plumbing systems have long been tested for leaks on installation, the same cannot be said of HVAC systems. This is unfortunate, since duct efficiency can make or break your energy budget.
Happily, things have really changed in recent years, as researchers have drawn attention to the energy savings potential inherent in a ductwork system functioning at peak efficiency. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy, the price of sealing ductwork can be recouped in as few as three years, simply from the energy savings.
It’s a striking fact: duct sealing isn’t merely an expense; it’s an investment in long-term energy efficiency.
If you’re considering a fancy, pro-efficiency gizmo for your HVAC system, be sure to repair all ductwork leaks and evaluate duct efficiency before you make a large purchase. There’s no point in installing new parts till the existing ones are fully sealed and insulated.
If you’ve been cooking up ways to reduce your home or business energy usage, think about testing your duct system for leaks. The professionally trained HVAC professionals at Climate Control Experts will stop leaks in your ductwork and suggest ways to keep your ductwork optimally safe, clean and energy-efficient. Check us out today.